Category: Handguns

New From Rio Grande Custom Grips: Compact/Officer 1911 Grips



Chinese new year doesn’t come around again until February. But if you want to be sure to honor your ancestors in style, you’ll want to get your order in for these red dragon-emblazoned 1911 officer-sized stocks from Rio Grand Custom Grips now. Wait, you don’t observe the lunar new year? Not to worry. Rio Grande makes these in about 90 different styles including leopard skin, smiley faces and Madras plaid. Press release after the jump . . .

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TTAG’s Striker-Fired Pistol Face-Off


GLOCK 19 Gen4 (L), Springfield XD(M) 9mm (C), Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm (R)

By Joe Diener

Typically, the first thing people find out about me is that I’m a gun guy. I don’t wear a stylishly outdated NRA hat, I don’t open-carry rifles in Babies “R” Us, and I don’t post Facebook memes that would get me convicted of premeditated murder in a DGU. I’ve just spent the last few years in the gun industry testing equipment that ends up in the hands of armed professionals and responsible citizens. That responsibility has been a source of pride for me . . .

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Gun Review: Kahr CM9


I don’t generally care for micro pistols. I carry a Commander 1911 or larger, and I have never had the need for something smaller. Maybe it’s a confidence thing, I’m not sure. One thing I am sure of is that the micro compact market has been exploding in recent years. Guns like the Smith & Wesson Shield, and the Springfield XD-S have been flying off of the shelves like Furbys in 1999. Well, the Kahr CM9 made its way into the hands of my girlfriend and I just had to play with something new . . .

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Army Replacing 200k M9 9mm Handguns with . . . ?

A pistol is seen holstered as a U.S. Army soldier from Charlie Company 4th Platoon, 1st Brigade 3-21 Infantry prepares to go on patrol in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province

“The U.S. Army is moving forward to replace the Cold War-era M9 9mm pistol with a more powerful handgun that also meets the needs of the other services,” reports. “As the lead agent for small arms, the Army will hold an industry day July 29 to talk to gun makers about the joint, Modular Handgun System or MHS.” Fn! I mean, fun! This, after…what’s it been now? Five years? “The MHS will be an open-caliber competition that will evaluate larger rounds such as .357 Sig, .40 S&W and .45 ACP.” The rest of the article talks about shot placement, shot placement, and shot placement. And .40 wear and tear. So . . . my money’s on .45 making a comeback. Or a non-Beretta 9mm. By 2020. Depending entirely on the politics behind the scenes, of course. [ht/ JG]

With Apologies to the P238


I never really considered SIG SAUER’s P238 to be a contender in the concealed carry arena. I reviewed the Colt Mustang XSP about a year ago and that experience confirmed my distaste for the general design of the Mustang-style .380 handgun. Then again, I had never really spent much time with SIG’s take on the Colt creation their petite P238. This past week I was up at SIG’s stomping grounds and found myself on a range with a P238 and some ammo, and after getting some trigger time with the gun I realized that it might not be so terrible.

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OMG! A GLOCK Fails to Fire! OMG!

Jarhead6 proves that even a GLOCK – yes a GLOCK! – might be ammo sensitive. Or prone to limp wristing. Or, God forbid, fail to function for some unknown reason. All I’ve got to say about that: all mechanical devices can fail. Anyone who believes that his GLOCK brand GLOCK will never, ever let him down is setting themselves up for catastrophic failure – of their abilities during a defensive gun use. Double-feed! Tap, rack, it still doesn’t fire! What will you do? Seriously, what will you do? A gun is a tool. Don’t be one and stake your life on the Austrian brand’s rep for perfection. Nothing’s perfect. Except this post, obviously.

Taurus Patents Body-Contoured Handgun

Taurus patents curved handgun ( reader GM admits, “I am a nerd and like to look at the USPO website. I came across this patent for a Body Contoured Handgun [Click here to read]. It looks like the future from Taurus may be a little warped.” Roger that.